Young Barbarian on rampage

WITH so many talented rugby union players coming from the Tweed it's a wonder we have just one junior and one senior outlet.

Former Casuarina Barbarian's junior Campbell Wakely is one such talent who was forced to take his playing career north of the border in order to pursue his dreams.

However, the move to the Bond Pirates paid-off for the hulking No.8, who earned selection in the Gold Coast Junior Breakers squad and the NSW Combined High Schools side to contest the state championships later this year.

“Mum is really proud of me,” Campbell said.

“It's been a big effort and very time consuming and expensive so her support has been great, and I couldn't have done it without the sponsorship I received from the Good Guys, Pet Stock and Vast Interiors (all at South Tweed).”

At just 15 years of age, Campbell would be eligible to represent the under-16s, but his immense talent saw him selected as one of the youngest players in the North Coast open side and warranted a call-up to the open state side.

With his impressive mobility, ball skills and leadership, he is fast following in the footsteps of older brothers Tom, who captained the Queensland Schoolboys side, and Ken who played varying levels of representative rugby.

The Kingscliff High School student has played rugby for as many years as he has attended school (10) and loves everything about the sport.

“It's a good, fun game to play, and the friendships I've made have been great,” Campbell said.

Already 180cm tall and weighing in at 95kg, Campbell promises to be putting on big hits across the coast for years to come.

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